Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival gives back

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 36th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on Sept. 6, presented by ResortQuest. The one-day show is the area’s premier juried fine-arts festival, featuring more than 100 artists and attracting thousands of people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to the streets and businesses in downtown Bethany Beach.

Many artists from the show generously donate a piece of their work to be awarded to the highest bidder at the silent auction, sponsored by Mediacom Residential Services, the day of the event. Each year, 100 percent of the profits from the silent auction benefit the local art programs at the four elementary schools in the Indian River School District. The checks were presented to Lord Baltimore with Principal Ann Marie Logullo and Art Teacher Melissa Kelly; Phillip C. Showell with Principal Heather Bethurum and Art Teacher Laurie Hall; John M. Clayton with Principal Dr. Charlene Hopkins and Art Teacher Marci Ginsberg; and Southern Delaware School of the Arts with Principal Neil Beahan and Art Teacher Jamie Moore.

On the bandstand, the Children’s Gallery added to the artistic spirit with John Donato, the interactive artist extraordinaire, providing endless energy and giving patrons the opportunity to be artists themselves. Each of the five panels turned into beautiful paintings to be displayed at the four local elementary schools and the Chamber, and will be part of the Silent Auction at the 37th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival on Sept. 12, 2015.

The total raised this year was $2,600 with each school’s art programs receiving a check for $650 dollars to purchase supplies for these up and coming artists. The Chamber appreciates the generosity of all the artists who donated and those that supported the silent auction to make the contribution to art education possible.